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  1. The medication is supposed to act as training wheels while the patient adjusts his thinking. Rule #1 - how we think determines how we feel Rule #2 - how we feel determines how we act. Remember what you were able to do thinking-wise while on the medications. Those same skills will work. If anxiety impedes in life function, it's a disorder. Healthy anxiety would be - walking alone in a dark, unfamiliar area. Your antenna are up - fight or flight. It's understandable that one would be on edge - it's a situation that can go in any direction. That feeling is common to everyone and every animal.
  2. I didn't know you were a runner. I am, too. I don't usually try to run additional distance. Before the Corona, I was running, well jogging, almost 10km 2 to 3 times a week. The lockdowns put enough anxiety into me to stop me from running cold turkey for five weeks. I have been fighting to get it back to 5.5miles twice a week. I realized I am not 30 anymore, so even I have to be kind to myself if I have a bad run. Still, pushing ourselves past the limit and knowing we do it - not good. A decent run should take care of the nerves for awhile.
  3. I am sorry to read about this. You are making yourself sick, though. The doctors told you that you are fine, but you didn't believe it, had more anxiety with the physical symptoms (probably due to lack of oxygen) and then tried to run?! Running takes time to build endurance. If you aren't used to running, you really should have just gone for a fast walk. You pushed yourself too hard! It's almost a form of self-punishment that you put yourself through. :( I don't know what you would have done if you did have a blood clot. Lesson one - be kind to yourself and learn to yourself first, then the doctor!
  4. Exercise would do it. Watching what you eat. Managing the anxiety. Unfortunately, it can be physically genetic, not just stress-related. I have it on both sides of my family, and sadly, I just happen to type this on the 14th anniversary of losing my father. Hypertension and heart attack just weeks before retirement at age 60. I am on Losartan 25mg a day. Corona hasn't helped because I have put on weight. Anxiety will lead to all sorts of weird outcomes, when it is really the anxiety behind it.
  5. If you have a low risk for blood clotting, then that is good news. If I get a weird sensation in my legs, it's a sign I need to move them. If you don't move them enough, they can get crampy and twingey.
  6. Cramps are usually muscular, though, right?
  7. While we do know our own bodies, doctors learn about the function of the body itself. They will know what to officially worry about. You're not a loon; you are just trying to take too much your doctor!
  8. I would agree with all of the above posts. Anxiety can do all kinds of things to the body. It cranks up my nausea, makes my muscles tense to the point I shiver. Breathing is tough, and there have been times when swallowing was next to impossible, like a large air bubble kept going up and down my esophagus and couldn't expel the air! It doesn't sound like acid indigestion and a lump in the throat would be cancer. Ulcers are bacterial (that took a while to figure out). If the doctor said you are fins based on recent tests, then you are to believe him - he is telling the truth. He performs testing all the time, so he would know what to look for. I do software testing and know what to look for! I do have a bit of trouble with occasional arm and neck stiffness due to the way I sleep. The only way to get through it is *gently* stretch every day. If you have to take an aspirin on bad days, do so sparingly.
  9. Doctors won't write anything off. Everything is noted for tracking purposes, no matter how far back. Yes, it would be malpractice otherwise. Anticipatory anxiety is ALWAYS worse than the actual event itself. We put too much energy into something that isn't that critical. If it is, address it with the doctor at that point. Until then, don't put energy into it.
  10. Leg cramps are muscular, a bit unrelated. Potassium, magnesium, and calcium may be a bit low....or there is dehydration.
  11. I looked it up. Yes, the Complete Blood Count checks all of the blood for lymphoma, leukemia, cancer, etc. You should be fine.
  12. I had a sinus infection that was so bad in 2016, it caused a vitreous hemorrhage or blood inside my eye (I'd have to go into this story someday - a week and three trips to the ER). One in 175,000 sinus infections results in an eye hemorrhage. I had a doctor tell me I would be permanently blind, another who thought I had had a hemorrhagic stroke (proven wrong with a CAT scan). The first ER doc I saw was someone I was in university with and he was correct in his diagnosis! He just needed to refer me to eye doctors to confirm. The pain would be focused and persistent I would think.
  13. Yep molars and 12-year-molars. If it continues, see a dentist. So far, nothing to worry about.....growing pains.
  14. Yep - that is the mind going too fast for the body. That will diminish the more relaxed you become. It is scary to go through, but it can decrease. I remember it being quite bad for a period of time. There is hope!
  15. Is the wandering mind a form of derealization/depersonalization when you zone out as if in a fog?